Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn tabled a no confidence motion in the Prime Minister this afternoon, just days after she clung to power following a Tory leadership vote. Mr Corbyn said Mrs May’s Brexit deal and her negotiating failures in Brussels meant he believed Parliament could no longer have confidence in her as leader. He told Mrs May: “A responsible prime minister would, for the good of this country, put this deal before the House this week so we could move on from this Government’s disastrous negotiation.”
He said it was “unacceptable” to delay the vote and confirmed he was tabling a motion “that this House has no confidence in the Prime Minister”.
Mr Rees-Mogg, who has repeatedly condemned Mrs May for her leadership, has emerged this evening as the Prime Minister’s unexpected saviour.
He told her today she had his confidence, with the European Research Group later confirming they would also support the PM.
Mr Rees-Mogg said in the Commons: “May I congratulate the Prime Minister on winning the confidence of the Conservatives in this House last week and assure her that she therefore commands my confidence too.”
Mr Rees-Mogg explained his surprise change in tack by putting his comments down to festive cheer.
“At Christmas it is wrong to be a dog in the manger, that is where a baby belongs,” he said.
A stony-faced Mrs May thanked him for his support as she updated MPs on Brexit.
Conservative Steve Baker, a key lieutenant in the plot to eject Mrs May, said: “Eurosceptic Conservatives are clear that we accept the democratic decision of our party to have confidence in Theresa May as PM.”
The ERG’s deputy leader, the DUP’s Nigel Dodds, confirmed their support for Mrs May this evening.
Mr Dodds, also a ferocious critic of the PM’s negotiating tactics with the EU, condemned Labour for the stunt.
He said: “We are not interested in the parliamentary antics or playacting of the Labour party.
“For our part, we are focused on the meaningful vote and the need to secure the necessary changes to ensure we have the right deal for the United Kingdom.”
Another ERG member slammed the Labour stunt as “meaningless”.
The unity in the Tory party should ensure Mrs May avoids a humiliating defeat.
Labour has the support of the Lib Dems and, most likely, of the SNP and Greens.